Congratulations to the Winners of the
2014 Arthur Ellis Awards
Seán Haldane, The Devil’s Making, Stone Flower Press
Best First Novel
J. Kent Messum, Bait, Penguin Canada
Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge, Orca Books
Best Short Story
Twist Phelan, Footprints in Water, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Best Book in French
Maureen Martineau, L’enfant promis, La courte échelle
Elizabeth MacLeod, Bones Never Lie, Annick Press
Best Unpublished First Novel (Unhanged Arthur)
Rachel Greenaway, Cold Girl
The above winners were announced at the annual banquet in Toronto earlier tonight.
There was an additional award. As set out on the Crime Writers of Canada home web page:
This is the inaugural year of the CWC Grand Master Award, intended to recognize Canadian crime writers who have a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.
This year’s winner of the CWC Grand Master Award is Howard Engel, the author of the award winning Benny Cooperman detective series. A mainstay of the Canadian crime writing scene for many years, Mr. Engel helped put Canadian crime writing on the on the map at a time when few mysteries were set in this country.
While it has been quite awhile since I read any of the Benny Cooperman series I remember Benny as a uniquely Canadian character. A special congratulations to Howard Engel.